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Volunteer opportunities in the Cayuga County area: Aug. 4, 2018

• Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to join the construction crew on its next project at 6 Perrine St., Auburn. No experience is necessary. Tasks could include demolition, dry walling, painting, tiling and more. For more information, email cayugahabitat@cayugahabitat.org.

• Matthew House in Auburn seeks weekend volunteers to help provide direct resident care. Tasks could include meal preparation, laundry and giving medications. Orientation and training will be provided. For more information, call (315) 252-2052 or email info@matthewhouse.org.

• The Port Byron Old Erie Canal Heritage Park is looking for volunteers to greet visitors and give brief histories of the canal, the restored 1895 Erie House Tavern or help with lawn mowing, weeding and general maintenance. To help, call (315) 776-4601 or visit the park, 1575 Rooker Drive, Port Byron, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. any day.

• The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network seeks volunteers to help protect the lake from harmful algal blooms. HABs Harriers will attend a two-hour workshop in June, then survey an assigned length of the shoreline once a week from mid-July through September, collecting samples and transporting them to a lab for analysis. They will also be available to respond to HAB sightings reported by the public. For more information about volunteering, call (607) 257-6606 or email programs@cayugalake.org.

• The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension seeks volunteers for its 4-H Youth Development Dog Club. Ideal candidates will enjoy working with both dogs and children, and possess basic knowledge of dog training. For more information, or to volunteer, call (315) 539-9251 or email smc226@cornell.edu.

• The Community Soup Kitchen at 99 Wall St. seeks one or more volunteers to oversee management of the soup kitchen. Tasks include putting together a weekly menu (five days a week) and some prep work. The current manager of 25 years will help with orientation. For more information, call Lorraine at (315) 252-4164 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

• SAVAR (Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource) seeks volunteers to become advocates. Advocates offer support and education to survivors of sexual assault and their families. Volunteers work around their schedules and receive free state-certified training by SAVAR staff. Volunteers must be 18 or older, with access to transportation. For more information, call Chrissy at (315) 253-9795 ext. 302 or email chrissyd@cayugacounseling.org.

• The Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York seeks volunteers to help with pre-opening and pre-closing housekeeping, outdoor gardening, landscaping and cleanup, dog walking and socialization, cat and kitten socialization, assistance with outreach events and assistance with an adoption event at Petco from noon to 3 p.m. one Sunday a month. Volunteers must be 18 or older. If interested, call (315) 253-5841 or come to the shelter at 41 York St., Auburn.

• The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to become members of the Disaster Action Team to help families recover after a fire or other disaster. Team members will help families with emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health services and mental health services. Volunteers also have the option to assist with large disasters in other states. For more information about volunteering, contact Suzann Hensley at (315) 234-2217 or suzann.hensley@redcross.org.

• The Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network is looking for volunteer drivers to transport veterans in Cayuga County and the surrounding area to Auburn Community Hospital. Drivers must have a clean license and pass a physical. For more information, call Jerry Scouten at (315) 461-7348.

• The SCAT Van service is looking for volunteers to escort on the van, helping riders on and off and helping the driver get to needed destinations. For more information, call (315) 253-3548.

• Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County seeks volunteers to help with its mission of building strong and vibrant New York communities. The organization has used Cornell science and research to help the county, from farmers and businesses to families and schools, for more than 100 years. Volunteers help strengthen the efforts of paid staff, improve the quality of their work and increase the enthusiasm of programs. For more information about volunteering, call (315) 255-1183.

Gratitude to Water, a Catholic worker action, invites residents of all beliefs to help organize an ecumenical meeting for worship at St. Ann’s Church in Owasco this spring. Participants in the meeting will begin the work to, as St. John Paul II said, “encourage profound changes in lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power” in order to heal the Owasco Watershed ecosystem. For more information, contact Charlie Greene at (315) 246-5727.

 The Skaneateles Historical Society seeks volunteers to lead tours as docents, and to work in the gift shop at The Museum at the Creamery on 28 Hannum St. Volunteers will commit three hours at a time, and don’t need to know all the history. For more information about working in the gift shop, call (315) 685-3115. To be added to the list for docent training, call (315) 685-1360.

• The American Cancer Society offers several opportunities to get involved in the local community, such as Road to Recovery volunteer driving, Look Good Feel Better volunteering, Relay for Life and more. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Seneca County Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help build current projects. Regular build hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, with none taking place on holiday weekends. For more information, call (315) 568-1190 or email info@habitatseneca.org.

• The Cayuga County Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Program seeks volunteers to deliver hot noon meals to homebound seniors in rural areas of northern and southern Cayuga County. The program delivers hot afternoon meals to homebound seniors in Auburn and surrounding towns. Volunteers are needed as drivers, delivery partners and substitutes. Deliveries require about two hours of the morning, and mileage reimbursement is available. For more information, call (315) 253-1427 or email ccofa@cayugacounty.us.

• The New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for volunteers to visit nursing homes, assisted living residences and adult homes in Cayuga County. The program’s purpose is to protect the health, safety, welfare and civil rights of people living in these facilities. Long-term care ombudsmen must complete a free training program to be certified. For more information, call (315) 255-3447 ext. 320.

• The Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum in Weedsport is accepting applications for volunteers. The nonprofit organization shares a common bond of the love of cars and racing. For more information, call (315) 374-3661.

Cayuga County Highland Search and Rescue is looking for new members. Duties include monthly meetings and training in GPS, map and compass use, grid searches, and helping train K-9 team members. After training there will be occasional call-outs for lost children, elderly, hunters and more. For more information, visit highlandsar.org and, if interested, mail the application to P.O. Box 153, Auburn, NY 13021.

• The Jordan-Elbridge Transportation Program is in urgent need of drivers to help meet the ongoing transportation needs of seniors and disabled residents in the area. JET is a free service that takes them to medical appointments, as well as shopping, banking and library services within a 40-mile radius of the area. Volunteer drivers can drive JET’s 12-passenger bus or five-passenger minivan. For more information, or to volunteer, email townclerk@townofelbridge.com or call (315) 604-1322.

Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn, seeks volunteers to do light clerical work and help conduct tours. For more information, call (315) 252-0339.

• The Friends of Hospice Thrift Shop seeks volunteers for sorting, pricing, displaying and selling clothing and merchandise. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Room No. 7, Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. For more information, call (315) 255-2733 or email tkline@hospiceofthefingerlakes.org.

• The Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah seeks volunteers to help its conservation mission, with a receptionist, reptile/amphibian caretaker and office supporter needed. For more information, call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.

Chapel House Homeless Shelter seeks volunteers to fill four-hour afternoon or evening shifts on a weekly or monthly basis. Volunteers would answer the phone, take in residents and assist residents with basic needs. Training will be provided. For more information, call (315) 255-2060.

Northbrook Heights, an assisted living community, seeks volunteers to help with activities and to visit one-on-one with, teach a craft to, read to or spend time entertaining residents. For more information, call (315) 253-2755.

• AmeriCorps volunteers are sought for a new program that will provide health education and support services in Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates and Cayuga counties. Finger Lakes Living Healthy AmeriCorps will deliver the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program throughout the region to help people set goals and make step-by-step plans to lead happier and healthier lives. AmeriCorps members are ages 18 and older seeking meaningful on-the-job experience, and receive a living allowance while serving about 25 hours a week. Full training is provided. For more information, call (315) 665-0131 ext. 190, email linda.phillips@waynecap.org or visit waynecap.org.

• The Harriet Tubman Booster Club is looking for volunteers with skills in technology, graphic design, fundraising and more to help the club in its mission to maintain Tubman’s legacy and share its impact today. For more information, visit harriettubmanboosters.org.

• Drivers are sought for the Cayuga County Veterans Service Agency Veterans Van. Volunteers need a clean driver’s license and to drive to and from Syracuse Veterans Hospital. For more information, call Larry W. Wilt or Lindsey D. Wilkinson at (315) 253-1281, or email lwilt@cayugacounty.us or lwilkinson@cayugacounty.us.

• FISH, of Skaneateles, is in need of volunteer drivers to transport ambulatory adult residents of the Skaneateles town and/or school district to medical appointments in the immediate area only, as well as other errands in Skaneateles. Volunteers are scheduled for weekdays by availability and preferences. For more information, call FISH at (315) 685-6679 or Pat Blackwell at (315) 685-0533.

Catholic Charities seeks friendly, compassionate people to volunteer at least once a week as receptionists and to help with light office duties. Also wanted are friendly, detail-oriented people to help clean the office space once a week. Catholic Charities serves low-income individuals and families in crisis regardless of creed or religious beliefs. For more information, call Deb at (315) 253-2222 ext. 101 or visit the office at 134 E. Genesee St., Auburn.

• The Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency seeks volunteers to support hunger relief efforts in Cayuga and Seneca counties. Opportunities are available to accommodate all skill levels and interests. Volunteers are needed to help deliver meals and food baskets to homebound residents, work in food pantries stocking shelves, pack food baskets, process intake forms, organize food drives, help with the Head Start garden and more. The agency also has an ongoing need for volunteers to help with customer intake, answering telephones, greeting customers and clerical work, including updating databases, processing applications, writing letters, data entry and filing. For more information, call (315) 255-1703 ext. 129 or visit cscaa.com/volunteer.html.

Source: https://auburnpub.com/lifestyles/notnew/volunteer-opportunities-in-the-cayuga-county-area-aug/article_ab20fd4c-2654-5afd-af94-1b0ede2dfd85.html

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